Hootie And The Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker is not mincing words when it comes to Tom Hanks.
“F*** Tom Hanks!” Rucker tells The New York Times in a profile piece re-evaluating the band’s iconic 1990s album Cracked Rear Window. It’s not that Rucker, 53, is riled up over “Forrest Gump” or “Cast Away”. Instead, he takes umbrage at the actor who serves as executive producer of CNN’s cultural look back “The Nineties”, which first aired in 2017 and is frequently repeated on the network. In the episode documenting the music of the decade, Rucker feels the show glossed over the contributions of the band who fail to garner a mention in the show.
“How the [expletive] can you do a show about ’90s music and not mention Cracked?'” he asks writer Jon Caramanica, slamming producer Hanks for the dismissal. Hanks, who is one of 19 producers of the multi-episode series, has not yet responded to ET Canada’s request for comment.
While Rucker may claim the CNN series failed to recognize Hootie’s achievements, Caramanica’s piece takes a detailed look at the album and calls it “one of the defining albums of the 1990s, spawning three indelible, sublime Top 10 hits: ‘Hold My Hand,’ ‘Let Her Cry’ and ‘Only Wanna Be With You.’ It’s is the 10th most successful album of all time in [the U.S.] according to the Recording Industry Association of America certification.”
Moving on from his Hootie And The Blowfish days, Rucker has gone on to great success as a country music artist, earning a Grammy and ACM Award for his solo work.